Attorney Richard A. Coad

Madison Criminal Defense Attorney

Richard Coad focuses his practice on criminal defense, appeals, and defending professionals in actions against their professional licenses. He successfully represents clients in state court throughout Wisconsin, having appeared in more than twenty counties. He also has extensive federal court experience, regularly representing clients in the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin courts. He has represented individuals in S.E.C. investigations, people who are targets or witnesses in federal grand jury investigations and Wisconsin John Doe proceedings. He also frequently represents university students in a variety of matters, including non-academic disciplinary proceedings.

In addition to his trial court work, Rick has expertise in appellate litigation. He has briefed and argued cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Notably, he argued Logan v. United States, his first case in the United States Supreme Court.

The quality and depth of Rick’s experience is exceptional. Prior to starting Coad Law Office in 2011, Rick started his career as an Associate Federal Defender in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, where he exclusively handled serious federal felony cases in federal court. He then worked at a highly regarded criminal and civil litigation firm in Madison for four years, and also was a shareholder as a white-collar defense lawyer in one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms.

In recognition of the quality of his work, Rick was named as a Super Lawyer in 2018, and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star seven times. That ranked him in the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in Wisconsin, and recognized him as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin.

Rick also served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) from 2013 to 2018, which is an organization that provides leadership in fostering the expertise of criminal defense lawyers, and encourages the protection of individual rights and due process.


William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. (St. Paul, MN)
Gettysburg College, BA

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. Also recognized in Milwaukee Magazine and Madison Magazine for the same honor.


2015 Madison Area Corporate Counsel Network:
What to do when the FBI comes knocking.

2015 WHDU: The Basics of Internal Investigations

2011 Dane County Bar Association Meeting:
United States Supreme Court Update

2010 Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference:
Litigating Firearms Cases

2010, 2009, 2008 Dane County Bar Association:
Supreme Court Update

2008 Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference,
September 26: Litigating Motions in Concealed Carry
and Other Firearms Cases

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Phone: (608) 661-8080
Fax: (608) 661-8083

Lawyers of Distinction

10 East Doty St.
Suite 513
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Call: (608) 661-8080